3 Ways to Repair Aging Skin: Neck, Chest and Hands

If you worshiped the sun when you were in your 20’s—like most of us did—chances are you might be noticing surprising changes in your skin’s appearance now.  There are the obvious ways that photoaging and sun damage take a toll on your skin: wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots on your face. However, some of the most concerning areas of aging just seem to appear overnight on our neck, chest, and hands. What makes these areas telltale giveaways of our age? How do we prevent and perhaps repair aging skin on our neck, chest, and hands?

 

There isn’t just one anti-aging solution for repairing aging skin, but many proven anti-aging treatments and scientifically-backed solutions that work best together – both inside and out – for the best anti-aging results.

 

 Anti-Aging Skin Problem #1: Dry, Loose Skin

 

Why does it happen?

Before you can find a solution to your problem, you have to first understand why it’s happening. Aging takes its toll on our skin and over time, the underlying structure of the skin breaks down losing its youthful tone, volume, and resilience.

 

Factors that can contribute to sagging skin include genetics, rapid weight changes, sun damage, cigarette smoking and poor nutrition.  Over time, the cumulative effect of extrinsic aging can impact elastin fibers – the skin’s support structure – leading to skin laxity or sagging skin.

 

As for rough, dry skin on your hands, neck, and chest, it typically begins with sun damage—as with most aging skin issues. The damaging UVA/UVB rays penetrate deep into the skin and break down the collagen and elastin within it that are keeping your skin youthful, hydrated, and smooth. Surprisingly, hormonal-decline may be another cause of dry skin that can happen during the ages of 40 and 58 when women enter menopause.

 

How do you prevent it?

Avoid Sun Damage:  Most aging skin issues—especially those that affect the delicate skin on your hands, neck, and chest—can be minimized by avoiding prolonged sun exposure and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.  In fact, the number one cause of premature skin aging is sun damage. And, if you’re worried that it might be too late to prevent sun damage, you’re never too late to start taking care of your skin.

 

Adopt an Anti-Aging Diet:  Nutrition is a cornerstone of healthy skin. Diets with essential fatty acids like the omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts, and fortified eggs help your skin stay hydrated and helps your body absorb vitamins and nutrients that your skin needs.  Monounsaturated fat is another anti-aging nutrient which helps your skin stay hydrated helping to ease dry, itchy skin during menopause and promotes skin health essentially by giving skin what it needs.   A diet short of these body-boosting fats can leave skin dry and lax.

 

Rapid Weight Changes:   Yo-yo dieting that causes rapid weight fluctuations can stretch out the elastin fibers – which is like a rubber band – causing skin laxity that does not snap back.  Adopt a healthy diet with anti-aging nutrients to help increase cell turnover and boost production of collagen fibers to help keep skin smooth and firm.  An exercise routine that includes weight training will pump up muscle tone which helps ‘fill-up’ loose skin to a certain point.

 

 

How do you repair it?

Taking certain vitamins and minerals, applying alpha hydroxy-based firming lotions or creams, weight training, and protecting yourself from the sun can be ways to repair loose skin without a cosmetic procedure.

 

If you have excessive skin laxity or loose or sagging skin that is not responding to diet, exercise, and topical treatments, you may want to seek the advice of a Dermatologist or skin care professional.  Many non-invasive anti-aging treatments for loose skin on the neck, chest, and hands are available including skin tightening lasers, ultrasound, and radiofrequency skin tightening which heat the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing the skin to contract and tighten.

Aging Skin Problem #2: Brown Spots or Age Spots

 

Why does it happen?

Your skin is truly amazing. As a way of protecting itself from the damaging rays of the sun, your skin naturally produces melanin (the substance that gives you that gorgeous, tanned glow during the summer). Over time, though, the accelerated production of melanin from sun exposure can cause blotchy brown spots or hyperpigmentation of the skin also known as age spots or liver spots.

 

Unfortunately, sun damage is not the only culprit of hyperpigmentation.  Hormone fluctuations experienced during pregnancy, perimenopause or menopause may also cause patches of brown spots on the face known as melasma.  Since age spots and melasma may have a similar appearance you should always seek the advice of a trained professional such as a dermatologist or physician to diagnose and treat any skin condition.

 

How do you prevent it?

To prevent age spots, it’s always best to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.  But, to take it a step further, you can always incorporate a chic hat that’s appropriate for whatever setting you find yourself in. Nothing says “glamorous movie star” quite like a wide-brimmed hat and some oversized sunglasses while lounging by the pool. You may just be mistaken for Audrey herself—all while you’re just taking care of the delicate skin on your neck and chest. As for your hands? Look for a moisturizing lotion that contains SPF and keep it by your side at all times.

 

How do you repair it?

Dermatologists and skin care professionals offer many effective anti-aging treatments and procedures that may help reduce hyperpigmentation on the neck, chest, and hands.

 

Topical treatments such as hydroquinone and tretinoin are commonly used to lighten dark spots and are available in a cream or lotion by prescription or over the counter depending on the strength.

 

Age spots or brown spots on your chest, hands, and neck can typically be treated with IPL or intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments, laser resurfacing, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Depending on the procedure and your location these procedures are typically administered by a dermatologist, physician, licensed esthetician or licensed laser technician.

 

Aging Skin Problem #3: Lines and Wrinkles

Why does it happen?

There are actually two major causes of the lines and wrinkles that appear on your neck, chest, and hands. You know the ones that incidentally show up when you’ve slept on your side? They happen to just about everyone at one point or another, and while they would likely appear regardless, sun damage certainly encourages them to appear sooner. Free radicals from the sun, oxidative damage, glycation, and other sources can accelerate the processes that lead to those wrinkles and lines by damaging collagen and elastin.

 

How do you prevent it?

Because there are so many factors involved in causing wrinkles and lines on your neck, hands, and chest, you can go about preventing them in several ways. For one, you can limit your exposure to the sun, and when you absolutely have to be out and about, make sure you’ve got sunscreen handy. Another factor you can control is your exposure to toxic environmental elements, such as cigarette smoke. Even secondhand smoke can cause premature aging skin, so be conscious of the amount of smoke you allow yourself to be around. Whenever possible, opt for non-smoking areas at restaurants and non-smoking rooms in hotels.

 

As for the role that glycation plays in wrinkles and lines on your chest, neck, and hands, it’s best to avoid foods that contain sugar in them. You may consider adding an anti-aging supplement like Lumity to your beauty toolkit. Lumity contains alanine, l-carnitine, and l-cysteine to help block glycation and maintain a healthy level of collagen and elastin in your skin.

 

How do you repair it?

Some of the most tried and true ways to repair and reduce the appearance of wrinkles include anti-aging procedures, such as fillers, neuromodulators, and chemical peels.

 

Topical solutions for wrinkles vary greatly, but the most effective wrinkle reducers include such ingredients as hyaluronic acid, peptides, antioxidants (like vitamin C), alpha-hydroxy acids, and retinol.

 

Internally, the body uses antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants transfer an electron to the free radicals, thus stabilizing them and making them ready for elimination. When you take anti-aging supplements that contain targeted and proportioned antioxidants, like Lumity, you help increase your body’s ability to fend off free radicals and help to repair the damage caused by them.

 

 

Your face may get all of the love when it comes to anti-aging prevention and repair, but it’s your hands, neck, and chest that really tell your story. Luckily, there are intrinsic and extrinsic solutions for helping you maintain and regain your youthful glow all over.

 


 

Don’t go another day without looking and feeling your best.

 

Much more than a vitamin, Lumity is a twice-daily supplement that works with your body’s natural systems to counter the 9 signs of aging from within, improving skin, energy and wellness.

 

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